The Daily Word of Righteousness

Listening to Jesus, continued

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:18-20—NIV)

We think this is the same coming of the Lord mentioned in John 14:3. It is not a coming to the world, as in Revelation.

Notice the difference:

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. (Revelation 1:7—NIV)

The coming of the Lord set forth in the fourteenth chapter of John is a coming to the believer who keeps His commandments. This coming is taking place now. It follows the baptism with the Spirit, just as it does in John, Fourteen.

This is why Satan fights so hard to convince the Christians they do not have to keep the commandments of Christ. Satan knows that the whole program of constructing a house for the Father, a place for the Throne of God, will stop for the believer who does not obey Christ.

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23—NIV)

The Judge stands at the door ready to enter us and dine with us on His body and blood. As He does this we are able to gain total victory over our worldliness, lusts, and self-will. We are released at the deepest level of our personality.

Jesus' blood is the new covenant. As we learn to live by His flesh and blood, bringing our problems to Him that His power and virtue may release us from every sin, His Life becomes our life. Then we are ready to appear with Him.

Are you weary in well doing? Are you tired of the struggle against sin? Does it seem you will never gain the victory you are seeking?

Assurance and release do not come through the false doctrine that we are "saved anyway," because this is not scriptural.

The assurance and release you are looking for will come through waiting on the Lord and listening for His voice.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31—NIV)

My lover spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." (Song of Solomon 2:10-12—NIV) (from Listening to Jesus)